Christmas! Love it or loathe it, it's impossible to escape at this time of year. However you feel about the commercial side of things, Christmas is still a moment to gather friends and family together and celebrate the end of the year in a way that feels special and personal. In this age of email and smartphones, nothing feels more thoughtful than a handwritten message. It's why, despite everything, the tradition of sending Christmas cards is still going strong.
We can all get behind sending good wishes to far-away friends in the form of Christmas cards, but if you have a long list then the task sometimes loses a bit of its sparkle. To maintain a festive, cheery mood, we have a fun DIY project for you: below, you'll find instructions on how to close a Christmas card with a delightful flower and wax seal. Now, put the Christmas tunes on, and get writing!
Fit for the mantelpiece
A wax seal on your envelope is terribly retro chic. Add in a personal touch with a favourite flower, and you'll definitely earn a place of honour on your friends' mantelpieces. It’s not difficult to do either, so let's get started.
- Sealing wax
- Seal stamp (either a leaf, a flower or your initial)
- Glue gun or a spoon and candle to melt the wax
A beautiful flower — we chose a rose
How to make it
Make sure that the envelope is ready, with the card inside and the address written on it. Heat the wax with a glue gun or place a bit in a metal spoon and hold it over a candle flame to melt. Pour some of the molten wax onto the paper and push the flower stem into it. Coose a flower with a stem which is not too thick, otherwise the seal will not be able to fasten it. Then take the seal stamp and press it into the wax. Leave it pressed in for a couple of seconds until hard, and then you can remove it.
Please share the end result with us on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #funnyhowflowersdothat. We’d love to see which flowers you choose!